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Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
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Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
I understand from reading Hawking that an objects mass increases as it approaches the speed of light, thus requiring more energy, and since more energy is required than that which is available, the object can never reach the speed of light.

My question is why does speed increase mass. I suspect that I don’t have a clear understanding of what mass is. I associate mass with weight. But that definition doesn’t help me agree with the idea that nothing can travel faster than light since in a vacuum where there is no gravity and thus no weight/mass an object could theoretically travel faster than light
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
Because God would pull any particle over which violated His law, cite and possibly incarcerate it.



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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
Best ask Alex, since he seems the most qualified to answer your question. Far as I understand it, there already have been experiments at Cern beating that absolute. Not wanting to make a perfect fool of myself, I don't go into details. But I seem to remember they shot something out that was faster than light.
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
The "Satan Particle" would be the perfect name for it.
Belief .. is the insistence that the truth is what one would .. wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. 


Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be.  


- Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
Weight is a function of gravity, which is proportionate to mass - which is why on the Moon you would weigh a sixth of what you do on Earth. However, mass is essentially the amount of matter contained in an object. The two are not the same.
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
(12th December 2016, 10:10)Stimbo Wrote: Weight is a function of gravity, which is proportionate to mass - which is why on the Moon you would weigh a sixth of what you do on Earth. However, mass is essentially the amount of matter contained in an object. The two are not the same.
Now that was clear, concise, precise and to the point. Do we understand why the mass (amount of matter) increases as an object approaches the speed of light?
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
The physicists are coming, the physicists are coming!!!
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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
The same way Oprah does as she approaches the end of the cake shipment.

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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
(12th December 2016, 10:30)Stimbo Wrote: The same way Oprah does as she approaches the end of the cake shipment.

Angel

Whether this response is to my post above or Rhondavous's above that does not matter. It works either way.
"Churches are becoming political organizations... It probably will not be long until the churches will divide as sharply upon political, as upon theological questions; and when that day comes, if there are not liberals enough to hold the balance of power, this Government will be destroyed. The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church." R. Ingersoll







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RE: Why Can't Anything Travel Faster than Light?
It's basically a fundamental property of nature that doesn't currently have a much deeper explanation. It's one of the direct consequences of the laws of special relativity and can be derived from the axiom that the speed of light is the same for all observers and sources, something that appears to be true.

@abaris: The OPERA superluminal neutrino thing was just a lose cable...
It's one of those typical examples that everyone reads the overhyped articles, and barely anyone the retraction Smile
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